DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 21, 2021) – In Issue 2021-13 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, it’s all about mystery.

Agatha Christie, she wrote a lot of books, then mysteriously disappeared herself (Stock photo)


The Queen of Murder Mystery, Agatha Christie, published The Mysterious Affair at Styles 100 years ago today in the UK.

You might not have heard of this novel, but surely you know of that crack Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, who was introduced 100 years ago.

Agatha Christie took up interest in and practiced nursing, pharmacology and archeology over the years and she used her learnings gained through these endeavors to add spice and a touch of reality to many of her literary works.

She wrote 74 novels, 16 plays, 165 short stories and many poems.  Over 30 movies were produced based on her works.  Her play The Mousetrap ran on London’s West End from 1952 until Covid closed it down.  Audiences saw over 25,000 performances of the murder mystery. 

In honor of her birthplace of the picturesque sea-side town of Torquay, Devon, on the southwest of England, here is an 1832 map by Dawson of the county’s electoral divisions.

Map of Devonshire, England -1832 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.